A provider of health care or a health care service plan may disclose medical information in the following circumstances: 1) to other healthcare providers to facilitate diagnosis and treatment 2) to find financially liable party and obtain payment 3) to administrative subcontractors 4) quality control organizations (peer review boards, etc.) 5) accrediting agencies 6) coroners 7) \bona fide research purposes\" 8) employer
Any business organized for the purpose of maintaining medical information in order to make the information available to the patient or to a provider of health care [upon request], for purposes of diagnosis or treatment of the patient, shall be deemed to be a provider of health care and shall maintain the same standards of confidentiality required of a provider of health care with respect to medical information disclosed to the corporation.
No provider of health care, health care service plan, or contractor shall disclose medical information regarding a patient of the provider of health care or an enrollee or subscriber of a health care service plan without first obtaining an authorization, except as provided in subdivision (b) or (c).
Contractors and corporations shall not further disclose patient or enrollee medical information received pursuant to this section to any person or entity that does not provide direct health care services to the patient or her health care provider, health care service plan or insurer.
An employer that is a provider of health care (or its agent) shall not be deemed to have violated Civil Code 56.20 if it follows the requirements for disclosing medical information possessed in connection with providing health care services to the provider's patients or employing its own employees.
No provider of health care, health care service plan, or contractor may require a patient, as a condition of receiving health care services, to sign an authorization, release, consent, or waiver that would permit the disclosure of medical information that otherwise may not be disclosed.
An employer that is an insurance institution, insurance agent, or insurance support organization . . . shall not be deemed to have violated Section 56.20 by disclosing medical information gathered in connection with an insurance transaction in accordance with that act.
Authorizes the disclosure of medical information to specified persons involved with patient's care or health care payments; Such disclosure generally requires the person's agreement, or if agreement is not practical, limited disclosure may occur as specified.